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UPDATED: Social media claims Kenney, cabinet ministers caught breaking COVID rules on top of Sky Palace

Kenney’s office says the gathering followed all the COVID rules.

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Social media was losing it’s mind Wednesday afternoon as pictures started to circulate of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney on the patio of the Sky Palace, with a group of his UCP colleagues.

Internet critics started to bay that Kenney was breaking COVID-19 lockdown regulations.

But Kenney’s office quickly pointed out the number of people allowed at outdoor gatherings changed on Tuesday, with up to 10 being allowed.

“Albertans are happy that our province is moving in the right direction, and we fully expect that many Albertans are now enjoying the increased gatherings that Stage 1 allows. The Premier, with a few ministers and staff members, held a working dinner last night,” said Kenney’s office in a statement.

“Attendance was kept under 10. Costs were not incurred by taxpayers. 

Long distance shot of the Sky Palace’s patio. Pictures from The Breakdown

Current COVID-19 regulations say people can sit in groups of four on a bar patio – but they must be from the same household. Social distancing must also be observed.

The pictures appear to show Premier Jason Kenney, Environment Minister Jason Nixon and Health Minister Tyler Shandro outside on a deck of the old Federal building.

Kenney et al on the roof of the Sky Palace Pictures from The Breakdown

They are joined by an unidentified woman and two unidentified men. Two other men are seen walking away from the table.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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14 Comments

  1. Susan Grant

    June 5, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Geez, who is the woman because it sure looks like Angela!

  2. Tamara Laschinsky

    June 3, 2021 at 11:38 am

    Do they all live in the same household? NO? Well then they are breaking Covid rules. If they don’t know their own rules they need to step down.

  3. Penny4YourThouhts

    June 3, 2021 at 9:16 am

    This is a surprise to people? Really?

  4. Alan Litchfield

    June 3, 2021 at 8:48 am

    This is not a comment on the content of the pics as they speak for themselves depending on your political viewpoint. I’m just questioning how these were taken. It appears it may be from a drone or at least from someone stalking with an extreme telephoto lens. What if a drone was hovering over you right now? Or someone stalking you to photograph you? Also, just who is “The Breakdown”?

  5. Mars Hill

    June 2, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    The light weight is going out in style. We can do much better Alberta, let’s do it.

  6. Baron Not Baron

    June 2, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    There. Kenney is the “leader” on this one, so.. finally, beginning with this smack, we are out of social distance rules, masks and all the other so-called fuc&ing rules based on bullshit, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY !!

  7. Chantale N

    June 2, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    It is very honestly not even about whether we support masks, distancing or any of these rules –

    It is that it is disgustingly insulting to the thousands of Albertans who just got to start working after their third mandated closure, to the millions of Albertans who have been mandated to wear masks or be scapegoated, refused service and targeted & blamed for “second” and “third” waves of covid by our own government.

    It’s repulsive that small business owners are on the brink of losing it all or have costly court battles ahead because they simply couldn’t not work anymore without losing everything, yet our premier who forced these businesses to this point is having a great time over drinks against his very own rules…

    I don’t frankly care if taxpayers covered the cost of food and drink or not; we’re covering the cost of the building and thousands of people are just trying to keep treading water financially because this government figures “there’s CRB” and puts them on/off work at the flip of a switch every few months…

    We get it Kenney & company, we’re the f’ing peasants begging for crumbs by asking to work, by expecting our elected officials to follow the same rules they’ve put against millions 🙄

  8. Woodrow George

    June 2, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    CTV so-called News is running this story. Who GAF? MIT or some such bunch did a study: the 2 metre distancing thing is BS. FFS, stop drinking the Kenny-bashing Kool-Aid, guys!

  9. berta baby

    June 2, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Kenny and his inner circle… take note and don’t vote

  10. SidingWithRealConservatives

    June 2, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    What a disappointment this man has been. He tricked Albertans into thinking he is virtuous. He does not care about Alberta or Albertans. This man is a pit bull politician, well greased in playing the game. He’s just looking to increase his personal pensions and extract what he can from the public purse. What private sector skills does he really have. Having been in politics most of his adult life, he has no real transferable skills in the private sector and so will extract what he can from Alberta. We are due for a change in leadership here in Alberta!

  11. j n

    June 2, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    RESIGN

  12. John Clark

    June 2, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    The first lie Kenny told after the election was “I’m not going to lie anymore” How many politicians have to make that kind of public declaration?

  13. K

    June 2, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    HOW ABOUT NO RULES IF YOU CONTINUE TO VIOLATE THEM. WE ARE NOT BEHOLDEN TO YOUR ARBITRARY, ILLOGICAL, NON-FACTUAL LIES.

  14. Baron Not Baron

    June 2, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    RESIGN

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Moe calls Unified Grassroots founder

Following the Western Standard article on Ness’ appeal for an audience with the Saskatchewan premier, he gave her a call and talked for more than an hour.

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By LEE HARDING

Unified Grassroots founder Nadine Ness finally got a phone call from Premier Scott Moe, one week and 20,000 YouTube viewers after her online request` to talk.

In a subsequent video posted December 4 entitled simply A Message From Nadine Ness, President of Unified Grassroots, the retired RCMP officer said the premier called her the evening of December 3.

“I’m gonna give credit where it’s due. He did in fact call me last night and we spoke for quite a long period of time. I’m surprised he didn’t brush me off, to be honest. It was a good, productive talk. And I foresee there being more in the future,” Ness said in the video.

Ness said she would reveal more of the content of their conversation in a subsequent Unified Grassroots Facebook post, but told Western Standard the conversation was more than an hour.

“I suspected a lot of people in Saskatchewan felt the way I felt and felt the way a lot of people in our organization feel. And I have to admit, seeing the response of that video kind of confirm my suspicions, that we’re not alone, that the people of Saskatchewan have become really concerned with the direction this province is going with the Christmas holidays approaching,” Ness said in the video.

Ness read some mainstream media headlines where articles recommended households have their own vaccine mandates and gave suggestions for how people could tell their unvaccinated family members they weren’t welcome.

“There’s this big push that maybe you shouldn’t be inviting some of your family members over for Christmas, or maybe you should be telling them they’re unwelcome. I find that really concerning. Is this really we’re where we are right now? A year ago would you have thought that you’d be thinking and feeling the way you’re thinking and feeling right now?” Ness asked.

“It makes me wonder who has taught us to think and feel this way? I can’t help to think but think that mainstream media and news organization and Premier more I’m not not gonna let you off the hook with this one, but you play a big part in this as well.”

The Christmas season was a good time to come together, not split apart, Ness said.

“I highly encourage if you have alienated anyone from your family, maybe it’s a time to call and make amends and say I’m sorry. If we don’t do something now, we’re going to look at ourselves in the mirror a year from now and not recognize who we’ve become.”

Ness, who lives near Langham, Saskatchewan, said Unified Grassroots was hosting a “hamper food / winer clothes drive, along with some Christmas music” at an as yet undecided location on December 12.

“See, that’s the Saskatchewan that I know. The Saskatchewan that I know is the one that raises the most for Telemiracle. It’s the one when a farmer is sick, the entire community comes together and combines his field; the one where we’re if someone’s having a hard time in their family, you’ll get some meals sent to your home. People will bring you food,” said the former New Brunswick native.

“And that’s the Saskatchewan that I fell in love with and decided… to make my home. I really don’t want us to become something we’re going to regret…

“It’s time we recognize that there’s a lot of hurt going on. What if we changed our focus instead of COVID, if we changed it to loving one another or caring for one another? Maybe Maybe Saskatchewan would be a better place and start going in the right direction.”

Harding is a Western Standard contributor based in Saskatchewan

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Bernier given vote of confidence by PPC members

Bernier received the support of 95.6% of members.

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The leadership of Maxime Bernier in the People’s Party of Canada has been given an overwhelming show of support by members.

Party Executive Director, Daniel Tyrie, announced Saturday that with 15,454 votes cast and a voter participation rate of 57.5%, Bernier received the support of 95.6% of members, who had to answer Yes or No to the following question: Do you support Maxime Bernier remaining as Leader of the People’s Party of Canada? 

“I am extremely proud to know I have the support of the vast majority of our members. I believe this vote signals a strong unity within our party around the principles and policies that I have been defending since its founding,” said Bernier.

“We have grown so much over the last three years, but we’re just getting started. I have big plans for the PPC to prepare us for the 45th General Election and I am excited to get to work with this newfound mandate!” 

The leadership review was conducted online in partnership with third-party firm, SimplyVoting. The vote took place between November 12th and December 3rd. All PPC members with active membership by September 20th, 2021 (the date of the 44th General Election) were allowed to vote. Official results from SimplyVoting are available on their website at https://ppc.simplyvoting.com/index.php?mode=results&election=155777&language=en

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Sask Polytech ditches vax policy but burdens unvaxxed with testing costs

The Justice Centre is unsatisfied with the response of Sask Polytech and reiterated its intention to pursue legal action against the institution and against the University of Saskatchewan over its requirement for staff and students to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

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By LEE HARDING

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is unsatisfied with the decision of Saskatchewan Polytech to reverse its vaccination requirement for staff and students because the institute does not recognize natural immunity and imposes testing costs on the unvaccinated.

On November 19, the Justice Centre sent Sask Polytech and the University of Saskatchewan letters demanding they reverse their requirement that all staff and students be vaccinated by January 1, 2022. 

On December 1, Sask Polytech reversed its “vaccinated only” policy but now requires unvaccinated staff and students to comply with testing three times a week at their own expense. In a press release, the Justice Centre called this “unacceptable.”

“Such testing requirements for students are even greater than the Saskatchewan government’s requirements for employees of its ministries. Sask Poly has also failed to recognize the compelling scientific evidence of natural immunity for those who have already recovered from Covid-19 and have proof of antibodies,” reads a JCCF press release on Saturday.

“Testing costs, which could exceed $200 per week, mean that only the wealthy and privileged can bear the burden,” stated Andre Memauri, the Justice Centre’s Saskatoon-based lawyer.

“Sask Poly, which has chosen to impose discriminatory testing requirements for staff and students, has the ability to acquire these tests at wholesale cost.”

The Justice Centre said it would commence legal proceedings against Sask Poly in the Court of Queen’s Bench unless Sask Poly immediately absorbs the testing costs and recognizes natural immunity. 

On October 28, the U of S and Sask Polytech announced mandatory vaccinations for all students, staff and faculty, removing the alternative of twice weekly testing which had been in place since the start of the school year. The Justice Centre will also commence legal action against the U of S for refusing unvaccinated students. 

On November 26, Global News reported a 19-year-old student was hospitalized briefly with breathing problems after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The student’s mother, Michelle Marciniuk, publicly called for the university to reconsider its policy.

The U of S’ policy includes exemptions on medical and religious grounds in accordance with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. But according to the Justice Centre, the university usually rejects exemption requests or does not respond to them for several weeks. Besides this, the university has made itself the arbiter of faith considerations for religious exemptions. Medical exemptions have become a difficult document for patients to receive in Canada, due to regulatory pressure on physicians not to provide them based on their medical judgement except in very rare circumstances.

The U of S crowns itself for academic freedom, diversity, equality, human dignity and a healthy work and learning environment, yet it has harshly terminated faculty for speaking on the hallmark principle of informed consent for Covid-19 vaccination of children,” stated Andre Memauri, a U of S alum. 

“Now, the U of S seeks to exclude and villainize those who decide for various reasons not to be vaccinated…Without question, our community has been through a great deal of difficulty and it requires these institutions to lead as vessels of science not ideology…The Justice Centre demands both schools follow the science and adopt policies that bring students together in the most safe and lawful manner.”

The letters sent to both schools from the Justice Centre on November 19 warned that the schools are seeking to deprive students from education on the basis of vaccination status, contrary to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Sections 2(a), 7, and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Harding is a Western Standard contributor based in Saskatchewan

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